Democracy Prep Breaks Ground for Expansion in Southeast

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined school officials, students and residents of the Congress Heights community in Ward 8 for the groundbreaking of Phase II of Democracy Prep Congress Heights Public Charter School located at 3100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE. Formally opened in 2014, Democracy Prep currently enrolls approximately 640 students in Pre-K through 8th grade.
The new addition, scheduled for completion on June 1, 2018, will add 23,000 square feet to the existing space located in the former Old Congress Heights School, including 22 additional classrooms serving 400 more children. The new middle school will also provide community space for residents in the area.
Mayor Bowser used the occasion to promote the advances in education as well as the multi-million dollar investment in public and charter schools across the District. The expansion, Bowser said, is a welcome addition to the Martin Luther King corridor. In addition, Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C. Charter School Board, said “There are still too many families that choose to go west across the river to send their children to school, and that’s their choice. We want to make sure there are lots of wonderful high quality options for families that want to stay here, and this is going to be one of them.”
Monica Ray, president of the Congress Heights Community Training and Development Corporation, the developer for the project envisioned 12 years ago, said, this is now a “realization and for that we are grateful.”
Founded in New York City in 2005, Democracy Prep, a charter school management organization, operates 17 schools and one program in New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Baton Rouge with enrollments over 5,000 students. It has continued to receive generous funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the expansion to 25 schools in several states across the country.

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